I did it. I got past probation. The peeps decided to keep me. Male peep loves me. Female peep thinks I’m the dad-gum cutest thing on the planet (wrapped her around my paws on that one).
In what seems like no time at all, I got these peeps trained. Mornings are playtime, eating, outside, then into the gated kitchen for a few hours while female peep goes to work. She gives me my own red Kong toy with peanut butter in it, and I hear her give the big dog the same thing. I think his is much bigger than mine, but I’m satisfied. Later, it’s up onto male peep’s lap, snuggle in to get petted, and then play for a while with female peep with froggie toy or baby squirrel (not a real one, though I would like that).
Dinnertime is good. She makes me do a “down” before she feeds me, but that’s okay. The big dog eats in a separate room and our bowls are picked up when they’re empty, or in his case, when he doesn’t eat anymore. He often leaves tasty nuggets. I wolf down my chow, then try to munch on what’s left of his before female peep notices, but she always hears the crunching sound. Drat.
One Saturday morning the doorbell rang and new people entered the house. Joy! She was having some kind of a meeting. I loved the attention from the women as each one bent over to pet me. I jumped as high as I could, which meant I came up to a person’s knees, but female peep kept telling them not to pet me if I did that. I had to settle down first, which wasn’t fair.
The next time the bell rang, I raced to it. She flung the door open wide and hugged a woman. That’s when I saw it. Green grass. Sidewalk and street. Open spaces. I stepped over the threshold, looked up at female peep, down the driveway, and then up at her again.
FEMALE PEEP: “Come, Charlie Bear. Inside.”
Are you kidding me?
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NOTE: If you want to catch up with what happened in LBA (Life Before Adoption), you can look under “Charlie Chat” on the right. All the posts are there, and these new ones about LAA (Life After Adoption) will be there too. Watch for more of Something to Chew On by me, Charlie Bear, in the weeks ahead.
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